The Big Week really started last week when Nathaniel said his first word. "Hi!" he says with a wave. At first we weren't sure if he was really saying "hi," but we became convinced when he greeted Mama Kitty when she arrived at our house on Saturday. We are so proud of you, Nathaniel!
On Sunday, we dedicated Nathaniel to the Lord during the church service. I am well aware that this was just a formal display of what God will daily call us to do, turn over the life of our precious son to Him. Quite a few people joined us to witness the dedication and celebrate afterwards. We were so glad that Nana, Grandmommy, Grandaddy, Mama Kitty, Liz, Haley, and Matt could join us. And it was such a blessing that all four families in our Bible study dedicated our second-born children on the same day.
By Sunday evening, Nathaniel was already testing us to trust the Lord with his safety as he proudly crawled up the stairs for the first time. Boy was he proud! Now we just have to remember to keep that gate closed at the bottom of the stairs.
Which leads to the next big thing that happened this week... After crawling up the stairs, Nate Dog started wheezing. He has had cold symptoms for about a week, so he either has RSV or the cold triggered asthma. They are treated the same way, so we are doing nebulizer treatments every few hours, and he seems to be doing fine. Hopefully, this was just an isolated incidence.
Back to the good news... In spite of being sick this week, Nathaniel, ever the joyful one, graced us with his second word at 5:30 this morning. After nursing he rolled over in our bed, patted Andy, and said, "Hi, Dada!" Of course, it has made Andy's day, and it's not even 8am.